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Walter Andrew Clayton Jr.

Practice areas:

Securities & Investment Fraud, Litigation, Mediation

About Me

     Most people know me as "Drew Clayton." I have had the good fortune of practicing law in a legal arena that is both interesting and challenging.  For several years before I became an attorney in 1987, I worked in mutual fund marketing for Oppenheimer in New York City and as a retail stock broker for L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin and Smith Barney.  That experience has proven to be invaluable in my representation of people who have disputes with their brokerage firms because it has provided me with an insight into the securities business that few attorneys have.


 


     In addition, I have been lucky enough during the course of my career to deal with complex commercial litigation issues in state, federal, and bankruptcy court.  That breadth of experience has enabled me to represent clients in a wide variety of business-related disputes as well.


 


     I practiced law in New Jersey and New York for five years before moving to Florida in 1992. 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Securities & Investment Fraud: 50%
    23 years, 500 cases
  2. Litigation: 45%
    28 years, 400 cases
  3. Mediation: 5%
    14 years, 25 cases

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • W Russell Snyder

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Drew Clayton is an outstanding lawyer who provides aggressive legal services to investors who have been mishandled by brokers and brokerage firms. Drew is highly regarded in the legal community, the President Elect of our local America Inn of Court chapter and a former military officer. Without reservation I highly recommend this lawyer to prospective clients. His ethics are impeccable and his law talents are immense!

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    W Snyder Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Drew Clayton and myself worked together on several securities arbitation cases. He is knowledgeable, congenial and, most importantly, highly ethical in all his dealings with clients and other counsel. I would recommend his work to any client who need a top notch lawyer.

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    Allan Fedor Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Johnson Browning & Clayton
1 N Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, Florida, 342376327

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198805/07/2015
NJActive198705/29/2015
NYCurrently registered 198703/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Florida Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Florida Super LawyersThomsen Reuters2013
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Professionalism awardJudge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court2012
Florida Super LawyersThomson Reuters2012
AV-ratingMartindale-Hubbell1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentThe Clayton Law Firm, P.A.1996 - Present
MajorUnited States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps1989 - 2002

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Sarasota County Bar AssociationDirector2013 - 2014
American Inns of CourtFlorida Steering Committee2012 - Present
Sarasota Transitional Housing CommitteeChairman2008 - Present
University Place Community Development DistrictSupervisor2008 - Present
Sarasota Human Services Advisory CouncilMember2003 - 2007
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtPresident 2010-20111993 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Bellehumeur v. A.G. Edwards, et al.$1.2 million plus attorney fees
I.L. and F.L. v. Shields & Co., Inc., et al.$1.36 million award
Karen Rushing, Clerk of Court and Comptroller of Sarasota County v. Wells Fargo, N.A. as successor to Wachovia Bank, N.A.Settled for $23.75 million

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Seton Hall UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Washington and Lee UniversityJournalismN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Understanding Finance - It's More than Money Financial SeriesHot Button Issues in Investment Disputes2010
Charlotte Estate Planning CouncilCurrent Issues in Investment Disputes2010
Venice Estate PlannersCurrent topics in investment-related disputes2009
Sarasota Estate PlannersCurrent topics in investment-related disputes2009
PIABA Annual meetingDuties after the sale2009